06 May 2009
So, American Idol. Last night's theme was "hard rock" songs, or at least whatever can pass for hard rock on a show like Idol. The show was pretty good mainly because Slash from G'n'R was the mentor for the week. I mean, Tarantino as a mentor kind of made sense and Jamie Foxx was effective but even that was a bit of a stretch. But Slash? I mean I'm not complaining or anything like that, but at the same time I can't help but shake my head. Anyway, the actual performances were not bad by any stretch but they were pretty unsurprising and kind of obvious. Adam did "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, and like OMG you mean the guy that sounds a whole lot like Robert Plant with a penchant for testicle shrinking high notes actually did a Zeppelin song. Like total shocker. Allison did "Crybaby" by Janis Joplin, and holy shit the gravelly voiced girl who sings every song like its a Joplin song actually sang a Joplin song. Right now, I think the most interesting thing about Allison at the moment is that apparently she is a ringer who won some Telemundo singing contest a few years back. But anyway, believe it or not Kris and Danny were both out of their element having to perform the night's theme. Kris tried to get away with doing The Beatles' "Come Together", and while it didn't sound awful this is the final four and contestants can't be doing this shit this late in the game. And as much as I love love love the Beatles, hard rock doesn't necessarily spring to mind when I think about them. Kris probably would have been better off doing what he does just about every other week which is turning it into some sort of diet John Mayer song. Danny did "Dream On" by Aerosmith, and my biggest problem with it was the fact that they clipped like 3/4 of the song out. He did the verse, and then the rest of it was just howl after howl of "Dream On". I think the judges would have liked it more if he had done another verse or two, but since he didn't all they really had to go by was the epic yelp at the end of it. And while Danny didn't do so great he seems to have a built-in niche of fans who vote for him every week so he will probably be pretty safe headed into tonight's elimination. Kris, on the other hand, is probably headed home. There was one interesting thing that happened last night. They did these duets, in order to take up more programing time, but they were entertaining and provided more fodder for the judges to go off of. Danny and Kris did that one song by Styx, and it didn't sound half bad but the whole time I kept thinking that one of them should have picked this song for their performance. Like both of them can do that kind of "hard" rock which is more like they type of shit you would play after a long day on your yacht or after a vigorous day of playing polo. Adam and Allison did "Slow Ride", and everyone went crazy over it. It sounded better then I thought it would, but I don't think that that really counts for anything. Kris is probably going to sent home tonight if I had to guess, but I won't know till tomorrow because there is mother fucking hockey on tonight.